Few action movies have as revered a place in science fiction and movie history as Aliens, so it's no surprise that the developers behind the latest videogame incarnation would want to get it right. According to a post on NeoGAF, the head of Gearbox Software Randy Pitchford has stated in the latest issue of EGM that the long-awaited Aliens: Colonial Marines has been delayed, and won't be seeing the light of day in 2011.
The news won't come as a shock to anyone who's been keeping up to date on the spotty project. After the game was initally abandoned, the rights to the property made their way through a number of corporate mergers and acquisitions until finally finding a home with Gearbox. We previously speculated that the game would be taking a back seat at Gearbox, and this only confirms it.
The publisher clearly has an interest in projects that have had a difficult time making their way to stores, as Gearbox stunned the crowds at PAX when they showed up not just to announce that they were the new owners of the Duke Nukem name, but that the game was coming in 2011.
Pitchford made some strong promises about the dedication and quality of Duke Nukem Forever, so it's not surprising to find that the development team may have a little too much on their plate to get around to Colonial Marines.
Games are delayed for a variety of reasons, so there's no need for fans to give up hope or panic just yet, as the studio is definitely moving in the right direction for the science fiction FPS. Duke's alien-filled shooter is certainly closer to an Aliens property than Borderlands' RPG, so hopefully when development wraps on Nukem's next-gen adventure - if ever - the team will be ready to take on Colonial Marines.
There is certainly no shortage of science fiction FPS's, and with Bulletstorm's foul-mouthed humor approaching quickly, Gearbox will need to bring some very new and interesting ideas to the table if they plan on living up to the promise of these franchises. Aliens is beloved by many die-hard action fans who've been let down in the past, so the name of the game itself puts a lot of pressure to deliver a quality product.
The pressure on the studio can't be understated. While Duke Nukem Forever may have become somewhat of a laughing stock in the gaming community, Gearbox has big plans for the shade-wearing smart-mouth, and will need to deliver an incredibly promising debut if they want them to succeed.
The team's focus on Duke means that we won't be seeing an Aliens game until 2012 at the earliest, but there is a distinct possibility that with the ongoing success of Borderlands, Colonial Marines might quietly return to the back burner. We can still hope for the best, and keep in mind that any success is a good sign for Gearbox's other titles.
We'll keep you updated on any more news, but for now it seems that Aliens: Colonial Marines has a long way to go until it's release in 2012 at the earliest.